Last month I watched the Blog Posts roll out about Secret Post Club. Set up and organised by the fantastic Heather at Notes From Lapland , Secret Post Club is exactly what it says on the tin. Loads of us like minded Mummy Bloggers send gifts to each other every month, the key being that you don’t know who will be sending you a gift.
I received my email on April 1st with the details of my recipient and I was so excited. It’s true that as you get older you do get just as much pleasure form giving a gift as you do receiving one. I bought my pressie, and made a piece for it too and off it went in the post on Friday morning. Now all that was left to do was wait for my parcel to arrive!
Today I got home from work and there was no mail, at all, no bills, no nothing. It was while I was putting on the washing and doing the boring jobs that have to be done that there was a knock on the door. Today the postman was very late, it was 4pm! But I am glad because he was bringing my Secret Post Club parcel!!!
My sender this month was the wonderful Carol at New Mummy. We have been friends on Twitter for a little while and I always enjoy reading her blog and through Secret Post Club I have also discovered she lives only half an hour away from me!!! I have to admit I had been a little apprehensive about what I would be sent. I mean how much can someone know about you in a very short time. Even those who discovered my Blog when I 1st started have only had 2 months to learn about who I am. Well, I needn’t have been worried, just look what I got:
A beautiful purple scarf, I love the colour and I am a scarf person! Two True Blood books, I hadn’t realised I had given too much away about my Vampire obsession! And a book about being a working mum, which considering I have just started week 4 of back to work after a 2 year break, I am sure I will get a lot from it!!
So massive thanks to Carol and I hope everyone else enjoyed their gifts. Oh and if your not part of it then sign up. It’s a great feel good thing to get involved in and will also introduce you to new bloggers!!
I love crafting. I enjoy card making – just don’t get as much time as I would like. Over the years I’ve done various different things. Crafting with the kids is something I’ve always had issues with though. Why? Because I get frustrated they don’t do it "right". However, after conversations with other mum’s and reading other blogs I realised that crafting can be fun even when letting the kids take the lead!
The recipe was really simple :
2 Cups Flour, 1 Cup Salt, 2 Tablespoon Cream Of Tartar mixed together, then add 2 Cups Boiling Water, 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil and Food Colouring and mix well.
I’ll be honest I had seen recipes before which involve boiling it all in a pan etc, but this was so simple I would definitley do it again. The girls both enjoyed it, H took her time to touch it, I plonked a piece in front of her and she poked at it with the chopsticks and spoons, but didn’t hold it till I passed her a piece and then she was well away. B on the other hand was straight in their. Neither of them built anything, H was happy just to get used to the feel of it and poke at it while B tried to be creative and then just ended up squeezing it, breaking it up and squishing it back together. I grinned and beared the fact I hate the feel of the stuff and joined in a little, then when H started trying to eat it I knew it was time for lunch!!
After lunch was Easter bonnet time. H had a nice straw hat to decorate, B on the other hand decided she didn’t want one of those but would use a polystyrine ring and decorate it. The only thing I did for H was put the glue on – I wasn’t brave enough to let a 19 month old loose with PVA! Plus it meant I got my hands covered in glue!! Anyway, H picked her decorations, told me where to put the glue and then stuck each piece in place, which B was let loose. I gave her a bit of guidance when she realised what she was doing wasn’t working how she wanted. But I tell you what we had so much fun! I am definitly glad I have finally done this. I have never seen them both involved in the same activity and playing really well together like they did today. And, the big one for me, the laptop has been switched off for most of the day! I’m already planning our next crafting activity – paints!!!! I’m in shock that I am actually really looking forward to it!
So, for anyone out there who is like I was and wary of letting the kids do “messy” things at home, go for it, if I can brave it and enjoy it so can you! And if you have any ideas for me to try with the girls I’m ready to give things a try now!!
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